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NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Residents of Norton were outraged but not shocked to learn pharmaceutical companies had shipped the highest concentration of opioids to their city of any locality in the country. “Prescription drugs got out of hand,” said Joey Collins, 61, the...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• The family of a woman who died of a bowel rupture and subsequent infection while being jailed in Hampton Roads says in a lawsuit that jailers saw her in “obvious discomfort and throwing up blood” but disregarded her pleas...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• A deeply divided federal appeals court revived a lawsuit challenging a Virginia law that lets judges designate people as “habitual drunkards,” which allows police to arrest them for possessing or even smelling like alcohol. – Associated Press• Virginia Democrats outraised Republicans...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• A Charlottesville judge sentenced James Fields, 22, to life in prison plus 419 years for murdering Heather Heyer and injuring dozens more during a violent white nationalist rally. Testifying during the hearing, one of Fields’ victims addressed him as...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• VCU President Michael Rao and UVA President Jim Ryan are the first and second highest paid employees in the state, commanding salaries of $1 million and $962,875, respectively. – Richmond Times-Dispatch• The State Crime Commission set two days of...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Virginia Beach fired a longtime city employee (and charged her with disturbing the peace) after she told her supervisor during a team meeting after the May 31 mass shooting, “You are exactly the same type of supervisor that probably...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• CNBC named Virginia the “Top State for Business” in its latest rankings, concluding we have “the best workforce in the country” combined with “minimal union presence – something companies prize.” – CNBC• An Ikea plant in Danville shut down, leaving...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Seven people died in traffic crashes over the July 4 weekend. Another 79 were arrested for drunken driving. – Richmond Times-Dispatch• The armor-plated, ancient sturgeon is making a comeback after being driven to the brink of extinction by the 1800s...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Virginia Beach officials began the grim work of collecting and documenting the thousands of mementos left at a makeshift memorial outside the municipal building where 12 where shot and killed and four were injured. – The Virginian-Pilot• Former U.S. Rep....
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Officials in Virginia Beach are asking the state for $30 million to help pay for renovations to the building that was the site of the May 31 mass shooting. They’re hoping the General Assembly will act on the request...